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Newark Man Charged with Possessing Weapon in the West Ward

By rlsmetro on

Newark – Police arrested a man Wednesday night and charged him with possessing a weapon.

​Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that during routine quality of life operations in the city’s West Ward officers his department’s Patrol Division pulled over a 2002 BMW station wagon that had illegally tinted windows at South 14th Street and Avon Avenue at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

​“Upon approaching the vehicle, our officers could clearly detect the pungent odor of burnt marijuana,” Sheriff Fontoura said.

“When the driver of the BMW. Later identified as Samaad Kelly, 32 of Newark, could not produce a valid driver’s license, registration and insurance papers he was asked to step out of the vehicle. At this point, our officers spotted 25 plastic jugs, typically used to package cocaine for sale, on the center console of the car.

A 9mm, Taurus semi-automatic handgun, loaded with hollow-point bullets, and an additional 50 plastic jugs were recovered from the car’s glove box.”

​Kelly was charged with the unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of illegal hollow point bullets and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

Officials say Kelly was also issued six motor vehicle summonses and lodged at the county jail where he awaits a bail hearing.